Why Does That Kid Keep Jumping Out of His Seat?

I recently had the privilege of providing a series of trainings to educators across Canada.  My focus was to help teachers, school counselors, and administrators understand the impact that dysfunctional family dynamics and trauma can have on their students.  I invited these enthusiastic and highly dedicated professionals to think about their most challenging or “difficult” students....

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Understanding Traumatic Transference

You probably remember the Freudian concept of transference from your Psych 101 class. Clients assume the therapist will think, feel, and behave in ways that replicate their earlier experiences with authority figures.  This means they come into the therapy process with all kinds of assumptions and expectations about how we will act and how therapy...

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The Cycle of Self-Harm

Learn about a template for psycho-education and intervention that helps clients organically let go of their self-destructive behaviors..

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Reaching Adolescence: How Much Guidance do Teens Really Need?

I think there is a common belief within our culture that as kids evolve into adolescence they need less and less guidance and supervision.  After all, their primary developmental milestone is letting go of earlier self-statements such as “I want to be a ballerina or a cowboy when I grow up,” and moving in the...

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Challenging The ‘Borderline’ Diagnosis

Why “Borderline Personality Disorder” is a death sentence in the mental health community.  Please keep an open mind as you watch this video to learn why.

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The Shattered Vase: Transforming Trauma

Help your clients to understand that they can move forward from trauma to a new beautiful and meaningful way of living, even after they’ve been traumatized.

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Why Saying “No” is a Sign of Progress in Therapy

As an educator and clinician, I spend a lot of time teaching beginning and seasoned therapists how to do “trauma informed” therapy.  This includes taking the time to build a safe and trusting therapeutic environment and relationship before jumping into assessment questions that are emotionally loaded and re-triggering.  It means consciously modeling and sustaining healthy boundaries. ...

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Be Afraid and Do It Anyway

Discover how to help your clients understand that their fear is not connected to a current reality. It’s connected to the past, and the capacity in their present life can help them to weather through that fear.

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Healing Without an Abuser’s Apology

Lisa explains how it is possible for someone who has endured a trauma to heal and move forward in life, even if the abuser doesn’t take responsibility and apologize.

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What’s Right About Your Clients

Lisa helps you to explore how your client has been able to survive, transcend, and thrive beyond their trauma and how it impacts their course of therapy.

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